GRAPEVINE, TEXAS (March 13, 2019) Big time adventure arrives April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 when the Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour 2019, presented by Mattel, pulls into Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Cotton Belt Depot, 705 S. Main St.

This fun-filled event offers children and families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series on Nick Jr®. Little engineers are invited to take an approximately 25-minute ride on their favorite engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway, enjoy arts and crafts, train play tables, Sensory Stations, petting zoo, storytelling, live music, Sandbox FunDig! and more Thomas-themed activities. New for 2019: The newest member of the Steam Team, Nia, will be available for children to meet. In the form of a ten-foot inflatable, families will have the perfect photo op. The Dallas Puppet Theater will be performing inside Imagination Station and Wildlife On The Move will bring animal science to life. The tour, now in its 24th year, will make 37 stops across the U.S. and Canada and is expected to welcome nearly one million passengers in 2019.

It’s been more than 70 years since Thomas the Tank Engine left the depot, and he’s been chugging his way into the hearts of children and grownups worldwide, with his Island of Sodor friends by his side. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories, Thomas & Friends inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation. Day Out with Thomas: The Steam Team Tour is hosted by the Museum of the American Railroad and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, and is presented by Mattel.

Details for Day Out With Thomas:

What:              Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour

When:             April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14, 2019

Time:               Trains depart every hour beginning at 10:15 a.m. on Fridays and 9:15 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. The last train departs at 2:15 p.m. on Fridays and 6:15 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Where:            Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine

Tickets:           Tickets are on sale now and are $25 per person (taxes not included). Tickets are required for everyone ages 24 months and up. Passengers under 24 months are not required to have a ticket but must ride on an adult’s lap. Advanced purchase is highly recommended due to the popularity of this event. Tickets can be purchased from TicketWeb.com/DOWT or by calling 866.468.7630. 

About Day Out With Thomas, presented by the Museum of the American Railroad & the Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Day Out with Thomas is a collaboration between the Museum of the American Railroad and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad in Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas. Proceeds from the event go toward historic rail preservation. The event introduces a new generation of train enthusiasts to rail travel and the importance of rail preservation. For more information, visit HistoricTrains.org.

About Thomas & Friends

Thomas the Tank Engine was created over 70 years ago, by a British clergyman, the Rev. W. Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families in more than 160 territories and over 55 languages across multiple touch-points and formats, including: 500+ original TV shows; 12 feature-length films; 27 websites in 13 languages; apps; toys; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more. Thomas & Friends has earned numerous prestigious accolades including, a Parent’s Choice Award, a Webby and a Licensing Award for Best Classic Licensed Property. Thomas & Friends is viewable on more than 30 world-class broadcasters including Nick Jr. in the US, Super RTL in Germany, and on Five’s Milkshake! in the UK. Thomas & Friends can also be viewed across digital platforms including Hulu, iTunes, YouTube and more. On YouTube, the Thomas & Friends channel has had over 1.16 billion lifetime views, over 909k subscribers and 2.6MM engagements. For more information about the world of Thomas & Friends, please visit thomasandfriends.com and facebook.com/thomasandfriends.

About Mattel

Mattel is a leading global children's entertainment company that specializes in design and production of quality toys and consumer products. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic franchises, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, American Girl®, Fisher-Price®, Thomas & Friends® and MEGA®, as well as other popular brands that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 40 locations and sell products in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world's leading retail and technology companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in exploring the wonder of childhood and empowering kids to reach their full potential. Visit us online at mattel.com.

For more information about experiencing Day Out With Thomas, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817.410.3185 or visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.